Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 12/14/13
Tim Howard is a talker. Hunching his tightly toned body forward in a fauteuil of the weirdly Versailles-esque Grand America Hotel on the eve of the United States men's national team World Cup qualifier with Honduras ( live, Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET ), the American goalkeeper takes obvious delight in it. Howard talks on the field and off, any chance you give him, and as quickly as he can, sometimes swallowing the end of one sentence in his eagerness to get the next one out. During games, the decibel-level blasts upwards. Then, Howards screams a lot; mostly at defenders, keeping his back line, well, in line. This has been acutely necessary of late as head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has introduced an entirely new defense. In recent qualifiers, Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez have formed the pairing in central defense while DaMarcus Beasley has played left back and Geoff Cameron or Brad Evans right back. Besler and Gonzalez are newcomers to the international level, with a mere 16 caps between the...
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